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Questionable Decisions Lead To Braves Trailing In Game One

Brandon Beachy pitched well in his first ever Major League game, limiting the Phillies tough lineup to one earned run over 4.1 innings pitched.

The Braves opened up the scoring with a Brian McCann double but were unable to get him in from third after Alex Gonzalez struck out and Melky Cabrera grounded into a double play.

In Gonzalez’s second at bat, he doubled with one out. Two batters later Beachy was up and Cox decided not to pinch-hit. This was a questionable call to me, since the Braves have an exceptional bullpen and the rosters are expanded. Beachy ended up retiring just one batter the following inning after Jason Heyward misplayed a Shane Victorino line drive which allowed him to advance all the way to third, and eventually to score.

Eric O’Flaherty replaced Beachy and walked the first two batters he faced. He got Raul Ibanez to ground out but it was too soft for a double play to be turned. The Braves are trailing 3-1 heading into the sixth inning with Cole Hamels looking very good since allowing the early run.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.